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"Frequent Flyer,' "Zephyr' rule races

Sandy Schoenberg's Frequent Flyer and the Harvey Ford-sailed Zephyr, both of St. Petersburg, took overall honors Sunday to conclude Tampa Bay Raceweek. The three days of racing, part of the Captain Morgan Boat of the Year series, offered a little of everything for the 75 competing boats. Friday's race from St. Petersburg to Bradenton was almost all downwind; Saturday's was an uphill fight to Tampa.

On Sunday, as seems traditional, the wind faded and grew shifty until race officials shortened the course. "We were singing the no-air blues," said a sailor from Randy Luzier's cruising boat Irma Jean.

In Sunday's competition, Morning Glory, owned by Bill Fisher of Sarasota, won the spinnaker class and Hyggelig, owned by Bill and Gail Meyer of Tampa, took the non-spinnaker division.

Frequent Flyer, a Frers 33, earned the George Dewar's Galleon Trophy for its overall victory in the spinnaker class. "The crew just did it," said Schoenberg. "We had great tactics, the boat was well prepared, and the crew was up for this weekend."

Ford, who borrowed Zephyr, a custom Irwin 26, from St. Petersburg's Ed Sherman, credited "luck, lots of concentration and decent starts" for his overall non-spinnaker win.

The Boat of the Year chase in the spinnaker class will continue Nov. 3 with the Kahlua Cup. Non-spinnaker competition resumes in December with the Egmont Key race, which is also open to spinnaker boats.